13 June 2011

Why Aliyah?

Turkey is next. With the re-election of their nasty leader, my estimation is that the nastiness toward the Jews of Turkey will turn for the worse and there will be an escalation chv's in antisemitic incidents upon them. Another way to say, "emigrate and return home to Eretz Yisrael." (The distance is not far)

Morrocan Jews. Jews are already leaving Morocco - and three-quarters of the Jewish community are thinking of packing their bags in the face of rising Islamism, according to a young Jew who still lives there.

Yosef Hartuv writes on his blog
Love of the Land* “The yearning to see the Land increases, and the vision of the concrete, holy image of the Land which the eyes of G-d are upon from the beginning of the year until the end becomes deeper and deeper.”

This very yearning is also very strong within me, desiring to see the beautiful Land, to feel it as a breathing living entity, constantly evolving and growing. Under its top soil are many springs deep within the soul of the Land, waiting for Jews to dig deep and find the second most important element for living. The first being air, and the air of Eretz HaKodesh is exhilirating, stimulating, inspiring, nourishing, and healthy. All this waiting thousands of years for us to return to discover, develop and delight in.

Some of us come yearning voluntarily, and others had to flee. But what will happen to those who ignore the pleas to return home, and those who cannot read the "writing on the wall" of current events?

Why Aliyah?

by Jacob Richman: I made aliyah to Israel on August 30, 1984. It was the best decision of my life and I highly recommend it. … May the aliyah from all over of the world grow and bring more Jews back to their homeland, Eretz Yisrael.

1984 - 7,500 Ethiopian Jews were airlifted to Israel. The secret airlift was called "Operation Moses".
1985 - The 12th Maccabiah Games brought over 4,000 athletes to Israel from 40 nations to compete in 28 sports. Olympic Champion Mark Spitz carried the Opening Ceremony’s Torch accompanied by three children of fathers murdered at the same Munich Olympics where he won 7 golds in 7 races.
1986 - Refusenik Natan Sharansky was released from the USSR and made aliyah.
1987 - Refusenik Yuli Edelstein was released from the USSR and made aliyah.
1987 - Refusenik Ida Nudel was released from the USSR and made aliyah.
1988 - Israel launched the "Ofek 1" satellite.
1989-1990 - Beginning of mass immigration of Jews from the Soviet Union. Within several years, more than 700,000 immigrants arrived in Israel.
1990 - Israel launched the "Ofek 2" satellite.
1991 - During the last day of "Operation Solomon", 14,000 Ethiopian Jew were broght to Israel in a one day airlift involving 36 El Al and airforce aircraft. Per the Guiness Word Records, the greatest number of passengers carried by a single commercial airliner is 1,088, by an El Al Boeing 747 during Operation Solomon.The figure includes two babies born during the flight. Leaving the plane
1992 - Israel's women's judo champion Yael Arad makes Israeli history by taking a silver medal at the Olympic Games in Barcelona.
1993 - Ministry of Communications grants full Internet licenses to 3 companies: Elron, Darcom and Netmanage
1994 - Yad Sarah was awarded the prestigious Israel Prize, the country's highest honor, for its lifetime achievements and special contribution to society and the State of Israel.
1995 - The number of tourists arriving annually to Israel exceeds two million for the first time
1996 - First direct elections for prime minister
1998 - Israel celebrates its 50th anniversary
1999 - The Ma'ale Adumim Mall - "Canion Adumim" opened
2002 - Lions on the Streets of Jerusalem Lion
2003 - Ilan Ramon z"l became the first Israeli astronaut in space.
2003 - IAF jets flew over Auschwitz
2004 - Windsurfer Gal Friedman won Israel's first ever Olympic Gold Medal.
2004 - Shivuk HaShikma (Rami-Levi) opened in Mishor Adumim Opening Day
2004 - The "Menorah of Lights", the world's largest menorah, was built near the entrance to Jerusalem
2005 - Professor Israel Aumann won the Nobel Prize in Economics for his mathematical research into game theory.
2006 - Three airplanes filled with 520 Jewish immigrants from the United States, Canada and England landed in Israel. The day marked a new record in Aliyah from the West.
2007 - "Adloyada" Purim Parades Parade
2007 - 40th Anniversary of Jerusalem's Reunification celebrations Parade
2007 - Israeli company Solel Solar Systems closed a deal to sell 553 megawatts of electricity to California's PG & E Corp. from a solar power plant that the company will build in the Mojave Desert.
2008 - The Israeli Public Utility Authority approved a feed-in tariff for solar plants
2008 - Intel Electronics dedicated Fab 28 in Kiryat Gat
2008 - Annual Second Hakafot
2009 - Yemenite family makes aliya in secret op Aliyah

Most of these timeline events are accompanied by articles and/or photos, and can be seen here at the end of each listing.

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